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Multicultural Germany Course, Fall Semester 2015

This course addresses questions of mobility and borders in our increasingly connected and disjointed world. We will approach the history of post-World War II Germany through the lens of migration, reading a variety of texts critically and relating them to … Continue reading

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Book Review: “In Times of Fading Light”

As part of their work for the Multicultural Germany undergraduate seminar at UC Berkeley, students in the course have reviewed recent German books relating in various ways to topics of migration, multiculturalism, and contemporary German identity. Jennifer Lau reviewed Eugen … Continue reading

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In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts

English Translation: In Times of Fading Light, translated by Anthea Bell, Minneapolis: Grey Wolf Press, 2013. Book review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Jennifer Lau Family dynamics, interestingly enough, rarely change across time. Society progresses and human beings adapt, but internal … Continue reading

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“New Germany” Exhibition at Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden

On  Saturday, a new exhibition called “Das neue Deutschland: Von Migration und Vielfalt” opened at the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden.  The exhibition deals with contemporary Germany as a product of migration and diversity. It aims to explore the Germany of today and … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Class: Week 5, Collective Memory

This post is part of a series in which students reflect on their discussions in the UC Berkeley undergraduate seminar “Multicultural Germany.” This week’s summary is by Ann Huang: As the discussion of a multicultural Germany progresses, the conversation naturally gravitates … Continue reading

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“Nächstes Jahr kehren wir zurück…”. Die Geschichte der türkischen “Gastarbeiter” in der Bundesrepublik

Als die Bundesanstalt für Arbeit 1961 eine Anwerbestelle in der Türkei einrichtete, geschah dies in der Absicht, dort lediglich den Ersatzbedarf an “Gastarbeitern” zu decken. Bis zum Anwerbestopp 1973 reisten allerdings etwa 865.000 überwiegend männliche türkische Arbeitskräfte in die Bundesrepublik. … Continue reading

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Alamanya Alamanya – Germania Germania

Ein Zug fährt nach Deutschland – ein Zug mit Arbeitsmigranten. Züge wie dieser sind seit Ende der 50er Jahre ungezählte Male gekommen, aus Italien, Jugoslawien, Griechenland, der Türkei, aus Spanien und Portugal, und sie haben mit den Menschen, die sie beförderten, … Continue reading

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Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre: The Wrath of God)

With actors Klaus Kinski A band of ruthless conquistadors venture up a river in sixteenth century South America in search of fortune only to find that the journey rapidly becomes more perilous. Morale and feelings of loyalty to Spain deteriorate … Continue reading

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Allemagne 90 neuf zéro (Germany Year 90 Nine Zero)

With actors Eddie Constantine and Hanns Zischler Germany Year Nine Zero follows an old spy’s journey back to France from the east. Since the Cold War has ended the spy is unclear about who his enemies are, and he doesn’t … Continue reading

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